I have a 5 year old daughter. Her father and I have been separated for over 3 years. In that time he has been in and out of her life, just seeing her when its convenient to his schedule. He also would never help us out financially. I filed for child support this January 2012 and he never disputed it so I won by default. I am supposed to be receiving my first check this month of $505/month. Now because he never disputed it, doesn't want this money to be taken out of his check every month and wants to go to mediation to see if they can take this order away. Can they do that? Because I know he will never pay me on his own. What can be accomplished in mediation?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
No, a mediator cannot have the support stopped. You have an order for support. The only way for that order to be modified is by another court order. Until your daughter reaches the age of 18, both parents are financially responsible for her. Dad cannot get out of paying support and certainly cannot get out of it simply by requesting that during a mediation. It's good that you have a wage assignment order. Stay on top of it. Make sure that first payment comes and continues. If Dad changes jobs, you'll need to request a new wage assignment order.
Child Custody Lawyer
I personally have never seen a child support matter go to mediation because the state uses guidelines that are pretty hard to deviate from. he may try to file a motion to set aside default but if assuming the judgement was correct to begin with ( using his correct income) it wont lead him anywhere. Mediation is usually ordered when parties are in court for custody and visitation. The courts want the parents to work out a parenting plan on their own if possible. If the Department of Child Support services is involved, they will take care of collecting the support money from his paycheck otherwise you have to obtain an order to garnish his wages and serve his employer. Hope this helps. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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